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Liam Neeson In 'War Of The Worlds': Actor Narrating The Musical As A Hologram

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LONDON — Liam Neeson is to have an out-of-body experience in an out-of-this world tale.

The actor is slated to narrate a touring musical version of "War of the Worlds," appearing onstage as a hologram.

The musical is adapted from composer Jeff Wayne's 1978 album, which featured the late Richard Burton narrating the tale of a Martian invasion based on H.G. Wells' novel.

Wayne plans to release a new version with updated music next year, followed by a British arena tour starting in December 2012.

Neeson said Friday he was flattered to be offered the role, because "I loved Richard Burton and I loved his voice." – but said he wouldn't be imitating the Welsh star's tones.

He said "I had to put that aside and focus on the text."

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